President Edgar Lungu plans to announce the restoration of the Barotseland agreement of 1964 on Independence Day as part of his political gymnastics.
And the treacherous King of Barotseland and his Indunas have withdrawn from a case in which the traditional prime minister of Barotseland (the Ngambela) sued the Zambia government at the African Union court over the same agreement.
Meanwhile, the Watchdog understands that the Litunga,Edwin Lubosi, has not set foot in Barotseland from the time his treacherous activities with president Lungu were publicised right here. See here
The Litunga is now living in Lusaka fulltime, as he fears to be killed if he shows up in Barotseland. He is now living in Lusaka under 24 hours armed police protection.
According to information circulated by one of the movements in Barotseland, Lungu wants to use the announcement as a ‘tool for his political campaign in Barotseland, and in a similar manner, deceive the international community.’
Interestingly, if Lungu restores the Barotseland agreement on October 24, 2015, it means the Litunga will be the executive head of Western province. This actually favours the a Litunga as an individual as he will be put on a salary and treated like a president but nothing else will go to the people apart from empty promises as usual.
As part of the deal, the Litunga has already withdrawn from the on-going case at the African Commission of Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR). It is not clear how he actually withdrew, as he was technically never part of the proceedings. It seems though he sent letters, written by State House, informing the ACHPR that the Litunga will not be part of the proceedings. Since he is not part of the case, his letters maybe ignored by the court but his action is a good political weapon for his paymasters the PF regime.